ASA: Staffing Employment Down

Data released by the American Staffing Association shows that staffing industry employment was lower in the second quarter of this year compared with the same period last year and flat compared with the first quarter of this year.

“As American businesses have cut jobs and reduced hiring, staffing employment has been directly affected, even more so in the last quarter, but we have not seen anything like the precipitous drop characteristic of previous recessions,” says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer.

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At the beginning of the last recession, for example, staffing employment dropped 15.7% in the second quarter of 2001 and continued to fall at double-digit rates for three more quarters.

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